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Advice on South Island NZ trip in September

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I've read the many discussions on NZ trips and appreciate the itineraries and comments. I hope you can help me by posting suggestions re the trip we are planning in Sept:
Sept 7: Sydney to Christchurch - night in Christchurch
Sept 8: Christchurch - Hokitika
Sept 9: Hokitika - Fox Glacier
Sept 11: Fox Glacier to Wanaka
Sept 13: Wanaka to Queenstown
Sept 15: Queenstown to Te Anau
Sept 17: Te Anau to Dunedin
Sept 19: Dunedin to Oamaru
Sept 20: Oamaru to Christchurch
Sept 21: Fly to Auckland
Sept 22: Auckland to LAX (then to NYC)

Our origination point is NYC and we are spending two days in LAX each way and two weeks in Sydney visiting family (and 95th birthday party). My husband is in his seventies and doesn't like to 'hike' (but is willing to walk for an hour or two). We do not want to take heavy coats/hats/gloves/etc as we have to pack for summer in LAX and something nice to wear to the birthday party/seeing friends and rels! We have visited NZ a couple of times before and flown from point to point (including landing on Mt Cook and having to bus back down because of the weather) but this time we want to drive. Is the above itinerary feasible in September? Should we skip Dunedin? I wanted to include Bluff but read that oysters are out of season in Sept. (I fondly remember eating dozens on a previous trip many, many years ago!) We could fly into another origination point (I haven't booked that yet) and fly out of Christchurch to Auckland.
Would we expect snow in the passes at that time of year?
I appreciate any suggestions as I need to get cracking booking hotels, etc I'm sure.
Thank you

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